The best in American, foreign films and documentaries will be playing at the Kimball theatre in colonial Williamsburg in March and April. They include Academy award winning performances and critically acclaimed films, including:

•The Last King of Scotland — March 20-25 and 27-28, 6:30 and 8:40 p.m. and March 26, 3 and 9:15 p.m. Rated R.

This powerful thriller is based on the events of Idi Amin’s brutal regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s.

Forest Whitaker’s portrayal of the Ugandan dictator has garnered multiple awards and nominations, including winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama and an Academy Award for Best Actor.

•Close to Home — March 24-28, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Hebrew with subtitles. Not rated.

In this critically acclaimed study of Israeli women and compulsory military service, two diametrically opposed women are thrown together on patrol in Jerusalem. Mirit is respectful of her military superiors, while Smadar barely conceals her desire for rebellion.

•Venus — March 29-April 4, 7 and 9 p.m. Rated R.

Veteran actors, Maurice (Peter O’Toole) and Ian are aging friends who never quite hit the big time. Though the jobs they take may not be glamorous, they have established a comfortable routine.

Life for this pair gets turned upside down after Ian’s grandniece Jessie moves in to his flat to care for him.

•The Dead Girl — April 4-8, 6:45 and 8:45 p.m. Rated R.

The life of a lonesome caretaker (Toni Colette) is turned upside down when she stumbles upon the body of a young dead girl. The clues to the young woman’s death come together to paint a devastating portrait of seven women whose lives are linked by a single act of violence and a desire for change.

Nominated for Best Director and Best Feature at the 2007 Independent Spirit awards.

•Notes on a Scandal — April 8-15, 7 and 9 p.m. and April 9, 11, 12 and 14, 3 p.m. Rated R.

A pottery teacher enters into an affair with one of her students, causing upheaval in her personal and professional lives.

This physiological thriller about obsession, envy and betrayal was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Actress (Judi Dench), Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Unless otherwise noted, movie admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors, students and children. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at 565-8588 or visit

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